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The Spring Dan Examination

The Federation’s Dan examination for the spring 2016 was held in Stockholm on the 19th of March.

Shangchi and Fredrik after their successful grading.

Shangchi and Fredrik after their successful grading.

We didn’t have that many kenshi testing this time, but they did very well.

Congratulations to Fredrik Eriksson, Stockholm Södra Shibu, who passed his test for junkenshi shodan and to Shangchi Leung, Stockholm Östra Shibu, who passed her test for shokenshi nidan.

A good day of training for our kōdansha

Practising okuri gassho konoha nage, Alex throws Anders and Lovisa is happily watching what is about to happen to her when Åke will throw her.

Practising okuri gassho konoha nage, Alex throws Anders and Lovisa is happily watching what is about to happen to her when Åke will throw her.

On Saturday the 20th of February we had a joint training day for those who are sandan (3rd dan) or above. A so-called kōdansha gōdōrenshū (which we also call “the veteran campssometimes). Six branches were represented and we had a total of 46 dan attending.

It was an intense day, with a lot of technique practice as well as discussions and exchange of experience with how we conduct the training in our respective branches.

We had a couple of hours with intense training in the morning, followed by a lunch where there was also a lot of discussions. The afternoon continued in the same way, and the day ended with some much needed seihō.

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Unity Koshukai in Karlstad

Presentation av instruktörerna, Kaihoko-sensei och Fujii-sensei, under Unity Koshukai 2015

Presentation av instruktörerna, Kaihoko-sensei och Fujii-sensei, under Unity Koshukai 2015

Updated 2015-07-07 – with additional comments
Karlstad shibu have published a report and some photos from the Unity Koshukai, so we also publish the same report here on the federation home page.
On the 15th to 17th of May we had a Unity Koshukai (koshukai usually translates to “study session”). The official name of the camp was “Shorinji Kempo Unity Study Session Sweden 2015 – 少林寺 拳法 UNITY 講習会スウェーデン 2015. The first study session of this kind was held in Bromma last year and this year it was Karlstad’s turn to be the host. We had about 65 participants from Finland, UK, Russia, Germany, France, Italy and of course from Sweden. The instructors, who was appointed by our hombu (head quarters) in Japan, was Kaihoko-sensei and Fujii-sensei. Continue reading

Four Kenshi Passed at the Spring’s National Dan Examination

On Sunday the 29th of March the spring’s national dan examination was held in Stockholm. Four examiners, Anders Pettersson from Karlstad, Alex Tilly from Stockholm Södra, Per Lindblom from Mosebacke and Boban Mladenovic from Haninge, were present to evaluate the level of those who took their test. We had three kenshi, Jonathan & Heike from Gothenburg and Seif from Stockholm Södra, which tested for shodan (1 dan). Additionally we had Patrik from Stockholm Södra who took his grading test fro nidan (2 dan).

Seif, Jonathan, Heike & Patrik after the grading examination. Congratulations!

Seif, Jonathan, Heike & Patrik after the grading examination. Congratulations!

All kenshi passed their test. Congratulations!

Annual General Meeting

Some of the participants at the General Meeting

Some of the participants at the General Meeting

On Saturday the den 28th of March the Swedish Shorinji Kempo Federation held its Annual General Meeting. All board members were re-elected and the only change was that Linda Hagman from Karlstad replaces Charlene Lima from Stockholm in the election committee.

So to sum up it was a very good meeting with lots of positive discussion on the future.

Instructors Seminar in Stockholm

Group picture of the participants, totally 54 dan

Group picture of the participants, totally 54 dan

On the Saturday 7th of March, 13 different kōdansha (higher dan grades) gathered for the spring instructors seminar in dojo of Stockholm Södra. It was a full day training for those who have 3rd dan or higher, and the main focus of the day was to share experience and go over different techniques at yūdansha level (black belt level). There was also a theoretical part after lunch where we went through the basics of the competition rules and judging of embu. The plan is that we will have a more formal training of national judges later in the year. In summary it was a day that left all participants happy,  with some question marks straightened out, and several new ideas and ways to practice our techniques to bring home.

Åke Olsson throwing Richard Tjust

Åke Olsson throwing Richard Tjust

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Successful Dan Examination

On Sunday the 26th of October this autumn’s Dan Examination was held. Richard Tjust, Karlstad shibu, and Kenneth Svedlund Ishii, Stockholm Södra shibu, tested to 3 dan. Robert Earon and Samuel Dreiman, both from Stockholm Södra shibu, tested to 1 dan.

From left; Robert, Samuel, Richard & Kenneth. Congratulations to a successful grading.

From left; Robert, Samuel, Richard & Kenneth. Congratulations to a successful grading.

A big Congratulations to Richard, Kenneth, Robert & Samuel!

Shorinji Kempo 40 years in the UK

On the weekend of August 2nd to 3rd there was a big celebration that Shorinji Kempo have been practised in the UK for 40 years and the Swedish Shorinji Kempo Federation was represented by Anders Pettersson 6 dan and Alex Tilly 5 dan. On the Saturday there was a demonstration at the Shaw Theatre as well as commemorative dinner to celebrate the 40 year of Shorinji Kempo in the UK. On the Sunday there was a full day of excellent training with several senior instructors like Aosaka-sensei 8 dan, Kawashima-sensei 7 dan, Mukaida-sensei 7 dan, Idoie-sensei 7 dan as well as some additional younger instructors from hombu. The training session had participants from the UK, Sweden, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands and Portugal.

Here is the demonstration that Anders and Alex made at the Shaw Theatre in conjunction with the festivities.

Visby Summer Gasshuku

Intensive technical trainingThree days of intense training with Aosakasensei 8 dan daihanshi and his assistant Didier Camp-sensei 6 dan was one of the summer‘s highlights. Visby Shibu and Stockholm Södra Shibu was the organizers and 60 participants from Sweden, France, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, England and Poland participated. Continue reading

Johan Frendin sensei has passed away

Johan Frendin Johan Frendin sensei, 5th dan sadly passed away early on Monday morning after a long and hard battle with cancer. Johan founded Göteborg Shibu (Gothenburg)  and was for many years one of the driving forces and inspiring practitioners of Swedish Shorinji Kempo. We remember Johan’s great enthusiasm, his humour, self-distance and powerful techniques. Always curious, always open to new perspectives and at the same time confident in his own way. During the long fight against the cancer Johan showed a mental strength so great that all of us around him was amazed. On his way back after the brain surgery Johan practised with such determination and intense persistence that the doctors did not think it was possible. But since the brain is needed to be able to fight and it was this part of his body that was attacked by the cancer we eventually lost our beloved Johan.

You taught us a lot and we will always remember and miss you.